Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Feb 14:
What has come as a surprise to many in the faction-ridden Congress in Odisha is not that senior Congress leader Lalatendu Bidyadhar Mohapatra (Lulu) celebrated his birthday today which is not usual of him but the formation of an organization styled as ‘Lulu Sena’ by his followers on the occasion of his birthday.
Supporters of the Congress leader formed Lulu Sena today with a Pradesh Congress Committee (PCC) secretary Rajendra Panda as its president.
Panda has said that the Sena has been formed by people who love Lulu and will remain with him in good and bad times and it has nothing to do with Congress.
“You will see when it expands it will have people from different walks of life. There are some people from the Congress because Lulu Bhai is in Congress but it has nothing to do with Congress,” said Panda.
On the other hand, Mohapatra said that it is not Lulu Sena it is Congress Sena.
“It’s not Lulu Sena its Congress Sena. I am a representative of the Congress. As a representative of the Congress I am doing my duties and my supporters are doing the same,” said Mohaptra in his comments.
While PCC chief Prasad Harichandan has preferred not to comment on the matter, former PCC chief and senior Congress leader Niranjan Patnaik has rather said since the president of the Sena is a PCC secretary, the PCC chief can better answer.
“Since a PCC secretary is the president of Lulu Sena, you should better ask the PCC president about it,” said Patnaik when asked for his comments on the issue by reporters.
Political observers are of the opinion that after Mohapatra being sidelined by the state party leadership for egg pelting by his followers on Ministers, he is in the act of creating a pressure group within the Congress to assert his position.